Paradox Interactive acquire Age of Wonders 3 studio

Paradox Interactive have acquired Age of Wonders 3 [official site] developer Triumph Studios, the pair announced today. It doesn’t look like the sale is ushering in too many changes, however. Triumph’s current team will remain with the studio, and all projects in development will continue, but now they’ll be published by Paradox. No fantasy-themed Europa Universalis for us quite yet.

“Triumph Studios is a developer of our own heart,” says Fredrik Wester, Paradox Interactive CEO. “They are world-leading within their niche and have built a large and dedicated community over the years, counting quite a few Paradox employees among their hardcore fans. We have great faith in Lennart, Arno and the Triumph team, and our main focus now is to ensure that they can continue to create their magic under new ownership.”

The developer’s last game was 4X strategy romp Age of Wonders 3, which mixed empire management with turn-based tactical combat featuring everything from dragons to huge engines of destruction fuelled by divine power. It launched in 2014, but has been expanded with some rather excellent DLC since then. They also developed the first two Overlord games, though the rights to that are owned by Codemasters and weren’t part of this acquisition.

Here’s what Adam said in his Age of Wonders 3 review a very long time ago:

Age of Wonders III could have been constructed in the golden age of turn-based strategy. In fact, given the competition it’s going to have as the year goes on, it’s an additional reason to believe that we might be heading for that golden age right now.

Speaking from the future, I reckon he was right.

Wester and Triumph CEO Lennart Sas are going to be hosting a livestream on Twitch later today, starting at 4PM CEST. You can tune in here if you fancy watching them chat about the acquisition.


  1. Hoot says:

    I have the greatest respect for Paradox but if they try and tack on shite, inconsequential and overpriced DLC onto a new Age of Wonders game instead of letting Triumph create the expansions we usually see for their games I’ll be pretty pissed off.

    I’m not saying all Paradox DLC is as above, but a lot of it has been recently.

    • bambusek says:

      It didn’t happen with Pillars of Eternity, so I would say it won’t happen here as well. Golden Realms was good, Eternal Lords much better.

    • Fraser Brown says:

      You’re confusing Paradox Development Studio with Paradox Interactive. Only PDS titles use that DLC model, for the most part. Pillars, Cities Skylines, Tyranny – none of them did and there’s no pressure to churn out DLC.

      • ramshackabooba says:

        Isn’t it a little different though? In those cases I think Paradox is publishing their games. They may decide to use another publishing company for their next game. In this case Paradox acquired the company (so they own it). There is no precedent for this except the White Wolf acquisition but no games have come from them after the acquisition unless I’m mistaken.

        • darkath says:

          White wolf is not a video game studios, so there probably won’t be any video games coming from them. However Paradox now own the white wolf IP so could publish or develop Games based on this IP.

        • Fraser Brown says:

          True, but since the decision to make all these DLC packs for EU4, for example, comes from PDS’ desire to make them, I assume it will be the same for Triumph. I’ve spoken with Fred a few times about it and he always says it’s largely up to the devs.

          This might change of course!

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        Drib says:

        Cities Skylines sorta did. With their tiny DLCs of single buildings or what have you.

    • Creamice says:

      All the paradox games i know have meaty, interesting bigger expansions and content and smaller, cosmetic, “inconsequential” DLC.

      What’s the problem with simply not buying DLC that you consider inconsequential or overpriced?

      Why do you want to deny those who are interested in that kind of offering the chance to buy it just because you yourself don’t like it?

  2. brucethemoose says:

    So Triumph Studios is happy about this, right?

    This makes me think of the Ubisoft acquisition rumor, except Ubisoft was kicking and screaming and clawing their hands into the ground like Vivendi was the devil.

    • Nauallis says:

      I imagine Triumph Studios was looking to be acquired, so this is in their best interests, yes. It’s also possible that they need financial support and would rather be a subsidiary studio than close their doors. Their wikipedia page suggests they have about a dozen employees, which means it is unlikely they were publicly traded; nor can I find any stock information for them.

      What you’re thinking of regarding Ubisoft is a hostile takeover of the controlling interest in public/common stock, a very different situation.

  3. SaintAn says:

    This is terrible news. AoW 3 is a masterpiece. Paradox will ruin this series with DLC/microtransactions instead of expansions. They’ve been teasing a new game for a few years now too. I wonder how much it will be effected by the Paradox scumbags. Probably will be torn apart and sold piecemeal.

    • Creamice says:

      Paradox don’t tear up games and release them piecemeal.

      They improve and expand their games beyond what any other company in the industry does because they have found an economic model that allows them to do that. They give free new features with every update for years, even if you don’t buy the DLC, because the DLC pays for all this additional development, FFS.

      Check for a second the amount of new content that is available for AoW3 and then check what’s available for EU4, CK2 etc..

      You really prefer just to have less stuff for the game you love?

      Triumph’s been teasing the new game for years? Willing to bet they ran out of money and that’s one of the reasons for the Paradox buyout.

      Willing to also bet that paradox, after buying them, will provide the money to actually finish that game.

      Willing to bet that if they indeed follow the paradox model (and if the new game is any good) then they’ll not run out of money anymore. and will be able to continue making good games and expand these beyond anything you’ve seen in AoW.

      Sorry but… all this paradox bashing is unreasonable and self-defeating and it triggers me every time i see it.

      • Imperialist says:

        lol, i know right? Each Paradox Grand Strategy game, more specifically EU4 and CK2, came with hundreds if not thousands of hours of potential gameplay out of the box. The DLC has simply expanded on every aspect of the game, and made those thousands of hours more flavorful. There is pretty much infinite replayability here, yet people will always complain.

  4. Mortomes says:

    This was a Triumph

  5. cpt_freakout says:

    I remember Triumph having economic struggles for the last Overlord game and AoW 3 bringing them back to their days of glory, so having a prestigious publisher like Paradox will surely enable them to keep making great games.